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2015-04-13 | NO.19(15) epaper |
South China Sea Disputes
Piling Sand in a Disputed Sea, China Literally Gains Ground (2015-04-09)
(New York Times, By David E. Sanger and Rick Gladstone) China is working so quickly that its assertion of sovereignty could become a fait accompli before anything can be done to stop it.

China Says Construction in Contested Waters Is for Maritime Purposes
(New York Times, By Edward Wong) A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman defended China’s island-building work in contested waters in the South China Sea, saying the infrastructure the nation was constructing around reefs, rocks and shoals was within China’s sovereign rights and would help ships in the event of typhoons.

US, China Spar Over ‘Bullying’ in South China Sea (2015-04-11)
(Taipei Times) US President Barack Obama said Washington is concerned China is using its “sheer size and muscle” to push around smaller nations in the South China Sea, drawing a swift rebuke from Beijing, which accused the US of being the bully.

ROC Won't Give Up S. China Sea Territory: Ma
(CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said that his administration will not give up the Republic of China's territory in the South China Sea, but will continue to seek peaceful means to address the territorial disputes in the region. 

What's in a Story?: Chinese Narratives on Territorial Conflict in the Pacific (2015-04-03)
(China Brief 15(7), Jamestown Foundation, By David Millar) The overarching interpretation of China’s maritime territorial conflicts is that they represent the residual injustices of Western and Japanese imperialism and also a litmus test of China’s rejuvenation.
Diaoyutai Disputes Resurface
Taipei-Tokyo Fishery Pact Benefits Both Sides: Gov't (2015-04-12)
(China Post) Prior to the singing of the pact, a total of 17 fishery disputes concerning both sides were reported in the overlapping EEZs in the East China Sea in 2012 alone.But with the sound fishing regulations established in the pact, no similar incident has been reported since April 2013. 
U.S. “Pivot” to Asia and Sino-U.S. Engagement
U.S. Defense Chief Heads East, Talking Tough on China (2015-04-06)
(Wall Street Journal, By Felicia Schwartz) The U.S. is deeply concerned about China’s behavior in the South China Sea and its cyber activities, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said as he headed for security meetings in the region. 

Last Chance to Sell the Pivot (2015-04-07)
(Wall Street Journal, By Michael Auslin) A full five years after the pivot began to take shape, the administration is still reacting to the pace of events in Asia rather than actively shaping them.

Eight Rules for Dealing with a Rising China (2015-04-09)
(Wall Street Journal, By Henry M. Paulson Jr.) I’d like to suggest eight rules for dealing with China—offered not as a scholar or a theorist but as someone who has made more than 100 visits there and spent nearly 25 years dealing with senior Chinese officials.

Surprising Trends in US Views of China (2015-04-09)
(The Diplomat, By Shannon Tiezzi) Only 30 percent of Americans say they have a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of trust in China, while a full 25 percent of Americans do not trust China “at all.”
DPP Searches for New China Stance; Cross-Strait Issues
60-Percent Consensus for Cross-Strait Relations: Hsieh (2015-04-06)
(China Post) Former Premier Frank Hsieh stated that Taiwan should strive to find a 60-percent agreement that surpasses the traditional DPP stance before attempting to approach mainland China. 

Report: DPP Resolute on Its Resolution for Future (2015-04-06)
(Taipei Times) Despite criticism from some former US officials who urged DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen to come up with “something new” in cross-strait relations, the party looks set to stick to its Resolution on Taiwan’s Future.

DPP Member Urges Party to Drop Independence Goal (2015-04-08)
(Taipei Times) Former Straits Exchange Foundation chairman Hung Chi-chang is hoping the DPP, of which he is a member, will drop its pursuit of de jure independence if it returns to power next year.

Independence Remarks Spark DPP Ire (2015-04-09)
(Taipei Times) Former DPP chairman Hsu Hsin-liang sparked controversy, claiming that the party would not reject “unification” of Taiwan and China as an option and that Taiwanese independence is not one of its mainstream values.

DPP Vows to Keep ‘Status Quo’ Going in Cross-Strait Ties (2015-04-10)
(Taipei Times) DPP China Affairs Committee said it would maintain the “status quo” in dealing in cross-strait relations.

New Consensus Offers Wiggle Room (2015-04-10)
(Taipei Times, By Tung Chen-yuan) Ko’s “2015 viewpoint” and China’s pragmatic responses provide the future of cross-strait interactions with a new model, which could become known as the “2015 consensus.”
'One China' Comment Taken Out of Context: Ko

DPP to Rethink Joining the AIIB “Practically” (2015-04-07)
(China Post) While some in the pan-green camp were saying that the government was guilty of deciding it would join the AIIB before explaining to the people, the DPP also opined that it was necessary to discuss the implications of the initiative and the AIIB's goals.

China Office Declares Visit Not Party-to-Party Exchange (2015-04-09)
(Taipei Times) China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said a visit by DPP Department of Chinese Affairs Director Chao Tien-lin to China is not an exchange between the DPP and the CCP.

DPP's Tsai Warns on KMT-CCP Talks (2015-04-11)
(Taipei Times) Reiterating her party’s stance on maintaining the “status quo” in cross-strait relations, DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen criticized KMT Chairman Eric Chu’s possible attendance at the annual forum between the CCP and the KMT, saying Taiwan-China relations were being turned into party-to-party relations.

Tsai Urges China to Think Beyond KMT-CCP Framework (2015-04-12)
(China Post) Opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen urged China to think beyond the Communist-Nationalist framework in order to see new possibilities in cross-strait relations.
PLA and Military Balance
Beijing, with an Eye on the South China Sea, Adds Patrol Ships (2015-04-11)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) The Chinese Navy is “on track to dramatically increase its combat capability by 2020 through rapid acquisition and improved operational proficiency,” a report by the United States Navy says.

US Reports on Chinese Naval Threat to Taiwan (2015-04-12)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) The US Office of Naval Intelligence has released a new report on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy saying that its “central priority” is to force the “unification” of Taiwan and China.

Nationwide Review of Military Discipline Will Be Staged Following Security Lapse
(CNA) Chief of the General Staff Gen. Yen De-fa has issued a directive for a comprehensive review of discipline in the R.O.C.'s armed forces, a process that will be carried out nationwide. 

‘Civil Resistance’ Strategy Urged (2015-04-10)
(Taipei Times) Taiwan should develop a national defense strategy that incorporates nonviolent civil resistance in the event of a Chinese invasion, former DPP legislator Chien Hsi-chieh says in a new book.
Taiwan's Foreign Relations
Apache Incident May Affect Relations with US: Mao (2015-04-08)
(China Post) The controversial tour an Army pilot gave civilians of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters may affect the relationship between Taiwan and the United States as well as arms procurement between the two nations, said Premier Mao Chi-kuo.

No Significant Change in US Ties amid Apache Scandal: AIT
(CNA) The AIT said that there has been no significant change in ties between Taiwan and the United States as a result of a security breach in which civilians at an army base in Taiwan were able to board and take pictures of an AH-64E Apache. 

Amid Apache Flap, AIT Says U.S. Military Commitments Unchanged (2015-04-11)
(CNA) The United States' commitments under the Taiwan Relations Act remain unchanged, the American Institute in Taiwan said, amid fears that bilateral cooperation would be affected by recent lax security in Taiwan's military.

US Representatives Pay Tribute to TRA (2015-04-11)
(Taipei Times, By William Lowther) Members of the US Congress this week issued statements marking the 36th anniversary of the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act.

Taiwan Should Focus on Joining TPP in 2015: AmCham (2015-04-10)
(China Post) Taiwan must focus on joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership this year, said American Chamber of Commerce Chairman Thomas Fann at an annual event.
China's Rise and Its Domestic Issues
New China-Led Bank Pledges to Fend Off Graft (2015-04-12)
(New York Times, By Jane Perlez) China’s new development bank will strive to be corruption free, maintain environmentally sound policies and work with a streamlined bureaucracy, the interim head of the institution, Jin Liqun, said.

AIIB Talks Not Yet Started, MAC Says
(Taipei Times) Taiwan’s bid to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment bank has not yet been discussed by the Mainland Affairs Council and China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, council spokesperson Wu Mei-hung said. 

The Generals' Growing Clout in Diplomacy (2015-04-03)
(China Brief 15(7), Jamestown Foundation, By Willy Lam) A recent foreign policy debate in the Chinese media has thrown into sharp relief the extent of the People’s Liberation Army generals’ influence on the country’s diplomacy.

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